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“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s…” Took Place Saturday, November 12th

An Evening of Comedy & Music to Benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

What: A benefit evening of comedy and music to raise funds for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The evening featured a selection of crowd favorites lead by musical director Onree Gill with Kid Cudi and a surprise performance by Joan Jet. 

The crowd was also entertained by host John Oliver featuring comedy by Mike Birbiglia and special guest Ricky Gervais. The Good Wife star, Julianna Margulise was on hand to introduce her friend and co-star Michael J. Fox.

Over 900 guests including Michael’s friends from the worlds of television and film joined New York’s business and political leaders to raise over $4.3 million for Parkinson’s research.

Who: Benefit Chairs: Tracy Pollan & Michael J. Fox, Lauren & Mark Booth, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Helen &Martin Scorsese, Hilary Bates & Jerome Simon

Host: John Oliver starring Mike Birbiglia

Very Special Guest: Ricky Gervais

Musical Director Onree Gill with Kid Cudi and a surprise guest Joan Jet  

Guests: Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Rachel Ray & John Cusimano, George Stephanopoulos & Ali Wentworth, Bob Costas and more….


Where: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City


When: Saturday, November 12, 2011


Photos: Images from red carpet and inside are available at


The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today. The Foundation has funded over $270 million in research to date. To learn more, visit

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